Alice Marie Ward
November 18, 1947 – May 7, 2018
Alice Marie Ward, 70, died on Monday, May 7, 2018, at her home in Wichita. She fought a courageous battle with ALS for over ten years. She was born in Enid, Oklahoma on November 18, 1947 to Wynne B. & Betty J. Shellady. Alice graduated from Enid High School in 1965 and Phillips University in 1969, earning a B.S. in Business Administration. She is survived by her husband, Bruce Ward, two sons, Wesley Williamson & wife Kathryn, and Wade Williamson, her mother Betty Shellady, her sister Nancy Thompson & husband Don, nephews Peter Thompson, Kyle Thompson & wife Jessie, Tim Williamson, and Joe Williamson, stepson Wade Bainum, stepdaughter Jennifer Bainum, nine grandchildren, and one great grandchild. Alice was predeceased by her father, Wynne Shellady. Before retirement in 2012, she sold health insurance for Student Assurance Services of Stillwater, Minnesota. Alice loved sailing, gardening & bird watching, as well as her many grandchildren. Donations in memory of Alice may be made to ALSA Mid-America Chapter, Wichita, Kansas. Cremation and burial arrangements will be handled by Lakeview Funeral Home/Cemetery, Wichita, Kansas. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 2, at 11:00 am at Woodridge Christian Church, 12111 E 13th St N, Wichita, Kansas.
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Alice Marie Ward
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May 28, 2018
I will never forget,
right after I had a picture in the paper for my 60th birthday, I had a ball cap that had a propeller on top, like a beanie. I got a call from a woman by the name of Alice Ward, who was wanting to know if I was the Phil Harris that had my birthday picture in the Eagle. I was unsure how to answer, but said "yes I was". She wanted me to know that her husband, Bruce had just had his birthday a few weeks before and that he had a beanie cap as well, and she thought we should meet each other. This was a time when they hosted a Final Friday event, and she wanted me to wear my hat so we would know each other. We went to his place of business and I had my hat on, while all these people were looking at me, thinking I was in the wrong place, then Bruce came out with his Beanie hat on, and Alice made a little announcement about how we came to know each other. We have been friends every since. She was very courageous, but always had a smile and I admired her and Bruce more than they can imagine. They were meant for each other as their love showed. She will be missed by everyone who ever met her. I know that the good Lord has a special place in heaven for her. What a beautiful and brilliant woman.